Microfilm Research Services
Microfilm Research Requests
If you cannot come to the library to conduct microfilm research (read “Search the AP Microfilm Yourself”), do not want to have the microfilm sent to you for searching at your own library (read “Having Microfilm Sent to You”), or are otherwise unable to do the research yourself, we can conduct the microfilm research for you. We process microfilm research requests for a number of items including, but not limited to:
Exact Date Searches
The Asbury Park Press microfilm located at our library is not indexed. (This means that we cannot type in a name, title, or other keyword to retrieve the date and/or pages numbers the article is located on.) As such, we will generally only conduct the microfilm search if you know the exact date (or as close to the exact date as possible) that the article or item was published. Microfilm research requests when the exact date is know are only $10.00.
Extended Microfilm Searches
Even if you do not have the exact date an story or obituary appeared in the newspaper we may still be able to help you! We can do microfilm searches of an entire month for only $40.00. This will include a search of the complete newspaper cover to cover for one full month.
How to Request Microfilm Research
We only process microfilm requests that are sent via regular mail with the applicable search fee enclosed. We cannot process microfilm requests over the telephone or on our website.
To request microfilm research from us please mail us a letter and include the following:
What it is that you are looking for (obituary, article, etc.) and any additional information that would help us to more easily locate the item.
The exact date (if you are requesting an Exact Date search), OR the month and the year you would like searched (if you are requesting an Extended Microfilm Search).
The appropriate fee for the search you are requesting ($10.00 for Exact Date Searches, $40.00 for Extended Microfilm Searches).
Instructions and details for how you would like the results of the search sent to you (we can mail, fax, or email the results to you). If you are requesting your results be emailed please be sure to include a working email address.
Mailing Address for Microfilm Requests
Please mail your request letter to:
Asbury Park Public Library
ATTN: Microfilm Research Requests
500 First Avenue
Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
(Please remember to enclose the appropriate search fee or your request may be returned to you or otherwise delayed.)
Turnaround Time for Research Requests
All microfilm research requests are processed in a timely manner on a first come first searched basis. If you are in a particular rush to receive the results of your microfilm search please indicate so in the contents of the letter you send to us requesting the search. We will try our best to accommodate your requests, however, we cannot guarantee any specific turnaround time.